Wondering What to Make with Radishes? Here Are our Best Recipes
Though we love radishes with salt and butter, we know there are more ways to enjoy them. To help you get the most out of your radishes, we're sharing our favorite ways to utilize these colorful vegetables, raw or cooked, in salads, side dish, pastas, tarts, and more.
Red radishes are in season year-round at supermarkets, and they're so common that they can often be ignored. But visit your regional farmers' markets in the spring and summer and the selection of rainbow-hued radishes available to you can be so diverse that they're impossible to miss. Elegant French breakfast radishes, photogenic watermelon radishes, and pastel candy-colored Easter egg radishes line up and challenge (and maybe even intimidate) the average shopper: What should you do with these beautiful vegetables? Because the radish suffers the curious fate of being both invisible and seasonally desirable, we're sharing our all-time best radish recipes so that you'll feel inspired to never pass them by again.
What's the first thing you think about when considering a radish? Is it that signature crunch, or do you remember their peppery bite? That snapping combination of crispness and assertiveness is what makes radishes so appealing and useful, allowing the cook to play with complementary textures and flavors.
Then there is the question of raw or cooked: Which is the better way to enjoy your colorful haul? Raw, the purist's approach is a plateful trimmed radishes, a pat of excellent butter, and a dish of flaky sea salt. We have plenty of variations on that theme. In salads, the brilliantly hued outline of shaved, diced, or julienned radishes is stunning. Radishes add an energizing flourish to meals that seem half-dressed without their raw brightness (think tostadas and tacos), and they offer a vital mineral punch to rich foods like breaded pork chops or a roasted side of salmon.
Once cooked, radishes become sweet, and they can both make up the substance of savory meals or be an easy side. In short, they're as versatile as they are bright and colorful. And with the recipes here, you'll soon see that radishes deserve a place on your shopping list—and your dinner plate—all year long.
Lemon Butter-Dipped Baby-Vegetable Crudités
Roasted Radish Tart
Filled with a creamy purée of cauliflower and topped with vibrant slices of watermelon or Easter egg radishes, this wholesome vegetarian tart is brilliantly appealing.
Watercress, Radicchio, and Radish Salad
Lillet and Brown-Butter Glazed Radishes with Kohlrabi
Vinegared Pork Chop Milanese with Radish Salad
Crisply breaded pork chops are returned to their pan where a quick pick-me-up sizzle of vinegar has been splashed into the hot fat. To lighten the richness and emphasize the acid a fresh salad of radish, shallot, and herbs is strewn across the sliced meat before serving.
Black beans, chipotles in adobo, cheese, and cumin create the comforting filling for these addictive tostadas where raw cilantro and radish are the essential finishing touch.
Roasted Radishes with Capers and Anchovies
Buttery Shrimp and Radish Pasta
Don't toss those radish leaves! The vegetable's tops are a leafy green in their own right. Make the most of them in this easy pasta dish where the succulence of shrimp is partnered with the wilted leaves and the inherent sweetness of cooked radishes.
Radishes with Chive Butter
These little bites of radish topped with chive-infused butter are exquisite. The chive butter can be made well in advance and chilled until needed.
Charred-Cucumber-and-Radish Salad with Yogurt
A quick trick to transform salads is to char the vegetables. Blackening the radishes and cucumbers over good charcoal adds complex dimension to the moist vegetables and works particularly well with the rich yogurt in this summer salad.
Poached Chicken Sandwiches with Peas and Radishes
Julienning radishes creates a fantastic texture for this versatile dip that is as good for dipping vegetables as it is slathered on fresh bread or atop eight-minute eggs.
Cilantro Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs and Greens
The success of a nourishing rice bowl depends on a deceptively simple alchemy of textures and flavor—soft and crisp, hot and cool, bright and earthy. Here, silky poached egg and soothing rice are complemented by the snap of raw radish and the pungency of cilantro.
Salmon with Cucumber-Radish relish
As aesthetically dramatic as it is simple to make, a whole roast side salmon is topped with crisp cucumbers and chopped radishes tossed in a nose-prickling dressing of horseradish and scallions.